Gel Stain Video Tutorial (Staining Without Stripping)

Gel stain can be used to refresh wood without all the work of stripping the wood. This method isn't right for every piece of furniture, but if you want to know when it works best check out the full blog post at the end of this post.
The video shows and talks through the steps of how to apply gel stain and how to achieve an even finish.
A Broyhill dresser I used Gel Stain on to refresh and darken the wood.
The "before" of the 9 drawer mid century dresser before paint and stain.
The "after" of the 9 drawer mid century dresser after using General Finishes gel stain in the color 'Java' and high gloss white paint to cover the laminate top and chipped veneer.
Check out more photos and detailed steps on How to Stain without Stripping at
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  • Wdg7778459 Wdg7778459 on Jul 21, 2018

    Can you stain over paint?

  • Carolyn Carolyn on Jan 31, 2021

    Can you stain a dark stain to a lighter stain? I see yours was the opposite.

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  • MN Mom MN Mom on Dec 31, 2015
    Just decided to gel stain my bathroom cabinets after seeing this...thanks!